1998 IPMS(UK) Nationals
WINNER : Best SIG Display, 1998
Tribute to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The first Nationals held at the Telford International Centre, Shropshire, England.

The Blue Angels are quite simply unique amongst all the world's aerial demonstration teams. They are the longest-surviving of any team in history, from their humble propellor-driven beginnings in 1946, to the present day. Only the Patrouille de France and the USAF Thunderbirds come close to matching the Blue Angels longevity, but even they were both formed in 1953, by which time the Blue Angels were already on their fourth different type of aircraft !

Our model display includes an example of every display aircraft the team has flown throughout their distinguished history, as well as many of the support and transport aircraft assigned to the team during that time.

The whole display was staged on an area of approximately 18 feet x 4.5 feet (5.8m x 1.5m) of table space. There are a grand total of 148 models on display, all in 1/72nd scale. They were built by 11 of our members.

And... a couple of views of the outer wings of the whole display - the "miscellaneous" models :

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